The gubernatorial poll showing Republican Gov. Chris Christie ahead by 26 points is hardly cold today when the question arrives in the ear of Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21).
Is he going to be the next senate president?
“Yes,” said Kean, unequivocally.
The brawl he’s having with Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) got too politically bloody for even PolitickerNJ.com to cover some months ago, and it’s been in full swing ever since.
Kean v. Sweeney; Sweeney v. Kean.
Sweeney in Westfield talking gay marriage; the Keans (son and father) in Gloucester raising money for Sweeny opponent Nikki Trunk.Read More >
NEWARK - It's a big tent party, even big enough to include Republicans - or Democrats - depending on who's inside.
In this case it was Gov. Chris Christie, Essex County Executive Joe DiVIncenzo and Senator-elect Cory Booker, all throwing hearty hugs on one another in a blow-up tent on a vacant lot, a day after Booker beat Tea Party Republican Steve Lonegan.
There were football jokes.
Christie's a Cowboys fan; Booker likes the New York Giants.
"I'm happy for the mayor and his victory," said Christie. "It was the first win the Giants had all year. Little did Tom Coughlin know he'd have to rely on a washed-up tight end from Stanford. Desperate times call for desperate measures, eh Cory?"Read More >
An emerging legislative leadership tandem suggests another north/south pairing in a classic déjà vu all over again General Assembly plot line, altered slightly because of the era but similar because of the organizations involved.
Seated at that clubhouse mash-up of party bosses on Friday and looking into the eyes of Assemblyman Vincent Prieto (D-32) of Northern Hudson County was the sitting majority leader, Assemblyman Lou Greenwald (D-6) of South Jersey, who will again be ML in the Prieto era if the deal holds.
Twelve years ago, the little-known Assemblyman Albio Sires from northern Hudson County suddenly found himself on the throne of power, elevated in a North-South balancing act that included Assembly Majority Leader Joe Roberts (D-5) of Camden.Read More >
In a closed-door meeting with the Republican National Committee in Boston on August 15, Chris Christie laid out the template of how the Republicans can capture the White House in 2016. According to the Wall Street Journal, Christie made the case for “a pragmatic form of conservatism.”Read More >
(8-6-13) Let Them Drink Booze: New Jersey Starts to Unwind Complex Alcohol Prohibitions - The New Jersey legislature continues to make steps towards relaxing restrictions on small businesses that want to make and sell their own beer, wine, and spirits.Read More >
Out in Aspen last week, Governor Chris Christie praised President Obama for continuing some of the policies of President Bush. Christie said: “President Obama has done nothing to change the policies of the Bush administration in the war on terrorism. And I mean practically nothing… And you know why? Cause they work.”Read More >
(7-31-13) Will All Female Gubernatorial Ticket Shatter the Glass Ceiling? - In 2013, an all female gubernatorial ticket should not be front-page news. However, Democrats Barbara Buono and Milly Silva could make history if they are able to unseat Governor Chris Christie.Read More >
ELIZABETH - His detractors say he has a single gear: fighting gear, a characterization Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20) strenuously resists, preferring those storylines that reveal him to be more a careful maker of moves than blindly wind-milling political pug.
Tossed out of leadership two years ago, his statewide counterattack defused, Cryan fell back to Union County where he has quietly regenerated as a countywide force, tormented at times more by his powerful running mate than his running mate’s longtime local enemies – a situation that tonight has Cryan very carefully sizing up the terrain, sources say.
Cryan was primed for maneuver warfare as early as this year if need be, a plan that put everyone around him in the Union County Democratic Party organization on high alert.
Even after the party convention, no one appears any less rattled.Read More >
(2-20-13) Understanding the Power of the Veto - Gov. Chris Christie recently made headlines when he vetoed two bills. The Governor’s veto power is one of those ugly tools in the tool kit that is usually used more as a threat then in reality.Read More >
At one point during his 2009 Republican Primary run, movement conservative Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan confessed to PolitickerNJ.com that he didn’t know why he was bothering to go after the support of county committees obviously pre-arranged to back Lonegan’s rival, Chris Christie.
Lonegan would show up to an event, give a speech, and then hear a gavel drop ordaining Christie – the former U.S. Attorney – as the party nominee for governor.Read More >
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s office has served subpoenas to Bergen County, Hackensack and North Arlington seeking information about the employment of public relations consultant Thomas Ammirato, who works for all three government entities, according to a report in the Bergen Record.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Fired Chris Christie staffer isn’t ‘someone running away,’ attorney says TRENTON – Fired Gov. Chris Christie staffer Bridget Anne Kelly appeared to be fighting back tears outside of the Trenton courthouse Tuesday. The former deputy chief of staff who’s widely considered to the author of the infamous “time...
BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money. That could strengthen them... Read More >
"It sounds like Councilman Baraka is talking about regionalization similar to what happened to the Camden Police Department. Clearly, if you regionalize, there is going to be a layoff of Newark workers. We cant afford to have more cops laid off right now. During Mr. Baraka's time on the council, the city laid off about 170 cops, when has led to our streets being much more dangerous than they need to be." - Newark Mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries, the former state Assistant Attorney General, referring to the disbandment of the South Jersey police force.- PolitickerNJ.com
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